September 22nd, 2010
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Tea Party Express reveals details on new tour

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 The Tea Party Express is setting out for another bus tour culminating on Election Day. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)


(CNN) – Get ready for a fourth cross-country bus tour from the Tea Party Express.

The national Tea Party organization, best known for its three cross country caravans, and for recently helping conservative candidates such as Joe Miller in Alaska and Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, scored upsets in Republican Senate primaries over establishment GOP candidates, says it will make a "major announcement" Monday about its upcoming tour.

But the press release Wednesday from the group did reveal the name of the trip: "Tea Party Express IV: Liberty At the Ballot Box."


A source with knowledge of the upcoming tour tells CNN that the bus trip will last approximately two weeks and will culminate on November 2, which is Election Day. The source says that the tour will end in Nevada, homestate to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, who faces a challenging re-election this year. Tea Party Express has targeted Reid in its previous tours.

The Tea Party Express launched its first tour in late August of last year. That trip ended in nation's capitol as part of a large anti-tax "March on D.C." event that attracted Tea Party activists from across the country. The group held a second bus tour last autumn and launched their third in March with a large rally headlined by Sarah Palin in Searchlight, Nevada, Reid's hometown.

Earlier this year, Tea Party Express, which is based in Sacramento, California, also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads to help Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown in Massachusetts, who upset Democrat Martha Coakley in a January special election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat.

This summer, the organization helped the little-known Sharron Angle win the Republican primary in Nevada, endorsing her and spending about a half-million dollars on ads.

But not all the news for the Tea Party Express has been positive. Earlier this summer, the National Tea Party Federation, which seeks to represent the Tea Party political movement around the country, expelled the Tea Party Express because of an inflammatory blog post one of its leaders, Mark Williams, wrote responding to criticism of the Tea Party movement from the NAACP. The story made national headlines and Williams later stepped down as spokesman for Tea Party Express.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Michael

    The tea Party makes me laugh. They say they are Christians but their message is full of hatred. Since they want to rewrite the constitution, maybe they would like to rewrite the 10 commandments. After all, they do NOT love thy neighbor as they love themselves and they DO covet thy neighbors goods. Christians they are not. Greedy biggots they are.

    September 22, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. seebofubar

    Hey all of you liberal, progressive, snot nosed, pan-handeling whimps. Run and hide...your days are numbered. There are real Americans going to take over this country!

    September 22, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. NYC REPUB

    I'm so tired of this corny titled bunch of enraged voters........So tired, I will go to the polls and vote against the GOP.

    September 22, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. dg

    change is a comin, but not the obama kind, keep the wheels a rollin and the flags flyin TEA PARTY all the way

    September 22, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. dg

    get over it, the liberals are losin it, no fooling americans this time

    September 22, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Buster

    The tea party has common sense, unlike the progressives who keep spending to repay favors. Our debt is close to $14 TRILLION folks, WAKE UP.

    September 22, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. ron

    The tour of selfishness, and greed, coming to a town near you.

    September 22, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Snow

    Hey DEBBIE: Yep, the Tea Party Express is coming to your state and yes they will have brooms which will be used to sweep DC clean of tax and spend demorats. They will repeat in NOV 2012 to take back the White House by electing a qualified man or woman to be the President. OH YES, lets sweep in those changes. Gotta Love It.

    September 22, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Real Earth

    Wasnt "TEA" slang for Marijuana ?

    WOW !!............now i get it.

    September 22, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Thersa,

    No these people are people who already retired, have their pensions, their social security and medicare.

    At the same time these are the people who don't want any of us coming behind them to have any benefits that they have. These are the people that have taken what the WWII generation left them, a nation that had no equals in the world, and this is what they are handing us.

    And not only that they are not ashamed of what they have done, but in their defiant and idiotic brainwashed arrogance they want to make sure that this country can not recover for another 200 years.

    September 22, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Real Earth

    So when this bus drives into town
    they just wave out the window and keep going ?
    Throw posters of the Pit Bull out the window ?
    Yell, hiel Hitler ?

    Smoke em if you got em.

    September 22, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. candace

    Wow...can't believe all the posting...The TEA PARTY..Is "For th PEOPLE,"! We are not Europe THANK GOD! If you like Europe so much, well move there! This is America...home of the FREE!

    The poster that claims, how do we have all this time...WELL WE DO WORk, and very hard for OUR money...how does Acorn and the socialist have time to go door to door in poor communities and PAY people to vote..do they WORK? Probably not, it's tax payer money through grant's...ect...so don't open you're mouth unless you know what you are talking about!

    Stop drinking the socialist KOOLAIDE!

    September 22, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    Sarah Palin and the rest of the racist tea party gang have gotten this country in an uproar. What is the matter with the american people that they want to send these nut jobs to DC. They are even scared to talk to the media, they cant answer any tough questions. They have no answers for anything they are just like the republicans that are in DC. Some body with a higher power needs to bring all these people down on their knees and keep them out of the white house. He did this with Sarah Palin not letting her in the white house.

    September 22, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Real Earth

    Major announcement.......

    This bus only goes to white nieghborhoods.

    September 22, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Hop on everyone - make FOX, the Koch brothers, Dick Armey, KKKarl Rove, even wealthier.

    NO.

    September 22, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. key

    Man I love tea but I would be sick if I had have a cup with these turn coats.

    September 22, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Ancient Texan

    Let's see, the Mainstream Media refused to vet the annointed one, and we still know very little about him. But the Mainstream Media are totally dedicated to destroying anyone running against his radical agenda. Who could blame the opposition candidate for not talking to the national media?...........Annie, Atlanta.. Koch Brothers vs George Soros...Ain't America great?

    September 22, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    No one receiving Social Security Benefits is allowed to ride this bus but we'll take your money for gas, food and the cost of bus insurance.

    September 22, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. John

    Why is the TEA PARTY only backing REPUBLICAN and no DEMOCRATS,because believe the REPUBLICAN is the one that got us in this mess in the first place. Eight years of BUSH spending trillions of dollars on Iraq fighting and rebuilding IRAQ. THE tea party is a joke look they got SARAN PALIN speaking for them,and they are backing one that ride a broom stick and other that won't take too the news media. Any body vote for these people are as dumb as they are.

    September 22, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Bill

    @ Anagram_kid
    You sir /madame must be brilliant. " how many guns would Jesus own?"
    #1: had he owned a few guns there is the great possibility that he would not have been driven from every place he tried to settle and had to wander in the desert for 40 years.
    #2: I have read the constitution many times and speak with a sagacity of that document.
    #3: One grows a little more each day reading the didatic discourse of people such as youreslf. Have a great day.

    September 22, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Ode to the Hatriots

    Tea Party = a new brand of white supremacy. It's all a bunch of racist, sheltered, scared little white men (and their wives) who are angry that this country now belongs to EVERYONE (as it should) and that everything is no longer all about them.

    September 22, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    I wish I had all the time in the world (paid for my murdoch and the koch brothers) to travel all over the US except that I would do it for personal reasons not as a dumb teabagger and those whom they call leaders. That little witch better not have time for these people if she doesn't have the cojones to confront the press!

    September 22, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. kayla

    you mean TEA BAGGERS..America, is going to the DOGS

    September 22, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. tim

    Great. More 7th grade-level lectures on the Constitution from the functionally illiterate.

    September 22, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Mesa Mick

    OH BOY! Even more Teatards are coming to a small rural town near you. Get out your bibles, guns, silly hats, homemade signs and folding lawn chairs, there's gonna be an Obama bashin' party like you've never seen.

    The Teatard Express never goes near the bigger towns and cities – Too many reporters from the MSM asking questions like...What's your platform or which government program whoud we cut first, SocSec, Medicare, state funding?

    That makes 'em all not only look stupid but feel stupid as well.

    September 22, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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